The Library and Resource Center for the Blind at the Alabama Institute for Deaf and Blind in Talladega recently held an appreciation luncheon in honor of their volunteers at the Alabama School for the Blind Student Activity Center with Alabama author, Kerri Nelson, featured as the guest speaker.
The Daily Home was on hand to feature the event in their paper…
By SHANE DUNAWAY, Home staff writer
Members of the Alabama Institute for Deaf and Blind’s library and Resource Center for the Blind honored volunteers with an appreciation luncheon Thursday at the Alabama School for the Blind’s Student Activities Center.
Teresa Lacy, director of the library, said the volunteers assist as key contributors to aiding the institute’s students.
“This annual luncheon is to show appreciation for our volunteers and people who actually work within AIDB who help us on a day-to-day basis,” she said.
Dr. John Mascia, president of AIDB, commended the volunteers for their hard work and dedication.
“This library is so important because it ensures people have information, communication and stay connected with their community,” he said. “We couldn’t do it without the support of our volunteers, which includes people from our community and members of the AIDB staff.”
Millbrook native and author Kerri Nelson served as guest speaker and gave attendees a glimpse into her journey through life, beginning from when she first discovered her love for reading and writing in the second grade.
“Every week, I’d use my meager allowance to buy books through my school’s Weekly Reader program,” she said. “I’d beg my mother for a trip to the library or to the used book store, or I would pray that today would be the day that the Bookmobile would visit my neighborhood. I just couldn’t get enough of books.”
When she reached high school, Nelson considered her future career path, contributing during her junior and senior years as a local high school correspondent for the Eclectic Observer, where she earned a journalism award given to young writers by the Montgomery Advertiser.
Her college path pulled her away from pursuing journalism when she switched majors to criminal justice, but her passion for writing remained through her 15 years working for corporate law firms and legal departments, as well as some odd-and-end jobs as a waitress, nanny, personal chef, emergency room assistant and insurance clerk.
“Odd jobs give you life experience, and life experience gives you material for creative writing, although I didn’t really know it at the time,” Nelson said.
Nelson said she’s written more than 20 novels and novellas spanning a variety of genres, including her most recent venture, a mystery series called, “The Working Stiff Mysteries,” featuring stories set in small Alabama towns.
Lacy said some of Nelson’s books will be converted into audiobooks, so they can be enjoyed by library users.